The NCAA is handing out instant-eligibility waivers like hotcakes.
After granting three more waivers over the last 48 hours, the NCAA granted yet another one this week, as Rodney Howard of Georgia Tech has been declared eligible for the 2020-21.
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports broke the news this afternoon:
Sources: Georgia Tech's Rodney Howard has received a waiver from the NCAA and will be immediately eligible for the 20-21 season.
Transfer from Georgia.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 29, 2020
Howard, a 6-foot-11, 245-pound center out of Alpharetta, Ga., put his name in the transfer portal back on March 19 and announced his commitment to Georgia Tech on March 24.
Four months later, the former Georgia Bulldog has received confirmation that he will be able to suit up for Josh Pastner and the Yellow Jackets this season.
“Again, we’re grateful that the NCAA has allowed Rodney to play right away, and thankful to our compliance staff for their time and effort in the process,” Pastner said in a statement. “Rodney gives our frontcourt a big boost. His best basketball is ahead of him, and in time, he’ll be a really good player. He’s a physical guy, a straight 5-man. He runs the floor hard, he’s a good screener, and he’s not afraid of physical contact in the post.”
As a freshman at Georgia, the 245-pound big man saw action in 24 games, starting two, and played an average of 7.3 minutes per game while averaging 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.
Yesterday, Southern Utah’s Aanen Moody and North Florida’s Alonde LeGrand both received their waivers and will be allowed to play right away this season, while Ian Steere of UNC Wilmington received his waiver on Monday.
As the NCAA continues to hand out waivers for transfers this offseason, momentum continues to shift in Kentucky’s direction regarding Olivier Sarr and his quest for immediate eligibility.
While all cases are different, it’s clear the NCAA is wanting to do right by the players this offseason and grant the majority of reasonable requests.
Will Sarr receive similar good news in the near future?